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Meaning & Definition of Short in English

English

Short

/ʃɔrt/

noun

1. The location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed

    synonym:
  • short

2. Accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference

    synonym:
  • short circuit
  • ,
  • short

3. The fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between second and third base

    synonym:
  • shortstop
  • ,
  • short

verb

1. Cheat someone by not returning him enough money

    synonym:
  • short-change
  • ,
  • short

2. Create a short circuit in

    synonym:
  • short-circuit
  • ,
  • short

adjective

1. Primarily temporal sense

  • Indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration
  • "A short life"
  • "A short flight"
  • "A short holiday"
  • "A short story"
  • "Only a few short months"
    synonym:
  • short

2. (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length

  • "Short skirts"
  • "Short hair"
  • "The board was a foot short"
  • "A short toss"
    synonym:
  • short

3. Low in stature

  • Not tall
  • "He was short and stocky"
  • "Short in stature"
  • "A short smokestack"
  • "A little man"
    synonym:
  • short
  • ,
  • little

4. Not sufficient to meet a need

  • "An inadequate income"
  • "A poor salary"
  • "Money is short"
  • "On short rations"
  • "Food is in short supply"
  • "Short on experience"
    synonym:
  • inadequate
  • ,
  • poor
  • ,
  • short

5. (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range

  • "A short memory"
    synonym:
  • unretentive
  • ,
  • forgetful
  • ,
  • short

6. Not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices

  • "A short sale"
  • "Short in cotton"
    synonym:
  • short

7. Of speech sounds or syllables of relatively short duration

  • "The english vowel sounds in `pat', `pet', `pit', `pot', putt' are short"
    synonym:
  • short

8. Less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so

  • "A light pound"
  • "A scant cup of sugar"
  • "Regularly gives short weight"
    synonym:
  • light
  • ,
  • scant(p)
  • ,
  • short

9. Lacking foresight or scope

  • "A short view of the problem"
  • "Shortsighted policies"
  • "Shortsighted critics derided the plan"
  • "Myopic thinking"
    synonym:
  • short
  • ,
  • shortsighted
  • ,
  • unforesightful
  • ,
  • myopic

10. Tending to crumble or break into flakes due to a large amount of shortening

  • "Shortbread is a short crumbly cookie"
  • "A short flaky pie crust"
    synonym:
  • short

11. Marked by rude or peremptory shortness

  • "Try to cultivate a less brusque manner"
  • "A curt reply"
  • "The salesgirl was very short with him"
    synonym:
  • brusque
  • ,
  • brusk
  • ,
  • curt
  • ,
  • short(p)

adverb

1. Quickly and without warning

  • "He stopped suddenly"
    synonym:
  • abruptly
  • ,
  • suddenly
  • ,
  • short
  • ,
  • dead

2. Without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold

  • "He made his fortune by selling short just before the crash"
    synonym:
  • short

3. Clean across

  • "The car's axle snapped short"
    synonym:
  • short

4. At some point or distance before a goal is reached

  • "He fell short of our expectations"
    synonym:
  • short

5. So as to interrupt

  • "She took him up short before he could continue"
    synonym:
  • short

6. At a disadvantage

  • "I was caught short"
    synonym:
  • short
  • ,
  • unawares

7. In a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner

  • "He told me curtly to get on with it"
  • "He talked short with everyone"
  • "He said shortly that he didn't like it"
    synonym:
  • curtly
  • ,
  • short
  • ,
  • shortly

Examples of using

Life is short. Have some fun!
Life is too short.
Life is too short.